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Posted: January 15, 2013

(DES MOINES) – Today House Republicans filed the first five bills of the 2013 session.

“House Republicans are not wasting any time getting to work on behalf of Iowa taxpayers,” said House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake). “This is merely the start of our efforts to put the taxpayers first and move our state forward.”

The bills are as follows:

House File 1 –Removes the current cap on the Taxpayers’ Trust Fund and allows the entire ending balance to be transferred to the fund. Additionally, it provides for an Iowa Taxpayers’ Trust Fund tax credit, taking the overpayment of taxes and sending it back to Iowans.

House File 2—Provides property tax relief to all classes of property by increasing the state aid portion of the school foundation formula from 87.5 percent to 100 percent over a five year period.

House Joint Resolution 1 – Constitutionally protects Iowa’s Right to Work law.

House File 3—Gives Iowans an option when paying their income taxes, either the current system or a 4.5 percent flat tax with zero deductions.

House Joint Resolution 2—Constitutional amendment to protect the 99 percent spending limitation, require bonding be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, and require the Legislature to approve any tax increase by a 60 percent vote of each house.

“Republicans are serious about returning the overpayment of tax dollars to Iowans, offering meaningful and long term tax relief and fostering growth in Iowa’s economy,” said House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha).

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Posted: May 8, 2012

(DES MOINES)—Today Reps. Jeff Smith (R-Okoboji) and Walt Rogers (R-Cedar Falls) were elected as House Assistant Majority Leaders.

As assistant leaders, Smith and Rogers will work with the leadership team to set the agenda for the House Republican caucus. Working directly with the Majority Leader and leadership team, the two will relay information to fellow representatives, while also serving as a point-person on key legislative issues

Both were first elected to the Iowa House in 2010.

“Reps. Smith and Rogers are valued assets to the House. They bring a great deal of insight and leadership to our caucus” said House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R-Garner).

Smith and Rogers were elected by their Republican colleagues Tuesday. They join House Assistant Majority Leaders: Reps. Dave Deyoe (R-Nevada), Renee Schulte (R-Cedar Rapids), and Matt Windschitl (R-Missouri Valley).

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Posted: February 21, 2012

(DES MOINES) – In light of newly-released statewide polling, House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) called on Senate Democrats to immediately take up the Republican property tax proposal, House File 2274.

If nothing is done on the issue of property taxes, Iowans are staring down the barrel of a $2.5 billion property tax increase over the next ten years, with the majority falling to the homeowner. The Republican plan, which passed the House last week, cuts property taxes for homeowners and businesses, without shifting the burden to any class of property.

“Iowa’s broken property tax system affects our economy and is an impediment to putting people back to work,” said Paulsen. “Our uncompetitive property tax system is a burden on job creators and prohibits businesses of all sizes from expanding, hiring or even settling in Iowa.”

Over the last two weeks, two independent polls have confirmed that Iowans support the House Republican plan for property tax reform.

The Legacy Foundation’s statewide survey found that 51 percent of Iowans support the House Republican version of property tax relief and reform compared to just 18 percent approval of the Senate Democrat’s plan.

In their Iowa Poll, The Des Moines Register concluded that 60 percent of Iowans support efforts to cut property taxes. Additionally, Iowans favor reducing the property tax rate by the same percentage for all businesses instead of limiting benefits to small businesses.

In the fiscal note, the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency said, “House File 2274 will decrease property taxes paid by all classes of property.”

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